New BDA President

Dr Josef Rich OBE will be installed as the 120th President of the British Dental Association (BDA) today.

The installation ceremony will take place at the start of the 2007 British Dental Conference and Exhibition in Harrogate. He will serve a 12-month term of office.

Born and educated in Manchester, Joe Rich studied at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating with his Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1962, he served as an Associate at a practice in Manchester for three years. In 1966, he founded his own practice in Eccles, where he still cares for patients today.

As well as continuing to work in general practice, Dr Rich has served in different roles across the Manchester area. He has worked at Hope Hospital in Salford, as a lecturer at the University of Manchester, as the Dental Practice Adviser for Salford and Trafford and as chairman of the Board of Management of the Manchester Dental Education Centre.

A distinguished career has seen Dr Rich represent practitioners as chairman of the BDA’s General Dental Services Committee and as a member of the BDA Council and the organisation’s Representative Board. He has also served as chairman of Salford Local Dental Committee.

He is a member of dentistry’s regulatory body, the General Dental Council, an office he has held since 1996. He is also a member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK) and the Royal Society of Medicine.

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